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Thursday, October 17, 2019

NASCAR and Rev Racing Set to Host 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine


Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 17, 2019) – Following a thorough selection process, NASCAR and Rev Racing have identified 10 multicultural and female drivers to host at the 2019 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Combine in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., on October 22-23.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

NASCAR Next Class of 2018 Unveiled



Via NASCAR Media

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 15, 2018) – The nine drivers who comprise the 2018 NASCAR Next class are no strangers to accolades. This year’s group of emerging stars includes the Rookies of the Year in both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West, as well the ARCA Rookie of the Year, a former USAC Midget Champion and Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Now in its eighth year, NASCAR Next spotlights the best and brightest young stars in racing. Alumni of the program include current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series stars Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Chase Elliott, Gray Gaulding, Erik Jones, Corey LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez, and Darrell Wallace Jr.

“NASCAR Next highlights emerging talent who have shown the talent and intangibles it takes to achieve success at the highest levels or our sport,” said Jill Gregory, NASCAR executive vice president & chief marketing officer. “Alumni of the program are currently making their marks across NASCAR’s three national series and we believe members of this year’s class have potential to do the same.”

The NASCAR Next selection process includes input from industry executives, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Council and media members. Drivers must be between the ages of 15-25, aspire to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and show potential – on and off the track – to reach that goal.

The following drivers have been chosen for the 2018 NASCAR Next class:

Anthony Alfredo (@anthonyfalfredo), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Driving full-time this year for MDM Motorsports in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Alfredo is also a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The 19-year-old Ridgefield, Connecticut, native recently competed in various late model divisions across the country, driving for JR Motorsports.

Hailie Deegan (@HailieDeegan), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The 16-year-old Temecula, California, native returns to Next for a second year, driving for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. The daughter of FMX legend and Monster Energy athlete Brian Deegan, Hailie was the 2016 Modified Kart champion in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and was named the Lucas Oil Off Road Driver of the Year.

Riley Herbst (@rileyherbst), ARCA Racing Series – Returning to Next for a second year, Herbst is running full-time for Joe Gibs Racing in the ARCA Racing Series, where he won Rookie of the Year honors a year ago. The 19-year-old Las Vegas native captured his first big-track win last June at Pocono, along with six top fives and 10 top 10s.

Derek Kraus (@derek9kraus), NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – The reigning NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Rookie of the Year, Kraus claimed his first win and a pole award, along with nine top fives and 10 top 10s in 2017. Driving full-time for Bill McAnally Racing, the 16-year-old Stratford, Wisconsin, native has already captured a fourth-place finish at New Smyrna and a win at Kern County this year.

Chase Purdy (@chasepurdy12), ARCA Racing Series – Purdy returns to Next for a second year after capturing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. The 18-year-old from Meridian, Mississippi, finished fourth in the standings last year, tallying five top fives and eight top 10s. This year, Purdy is racing full-time in the ARCA Racing Series for MDM Motorsports.

Will Rodgers (@willrodgers65), NASCAR K&N Pro Series – The 23-year-old Maui, Hawaii, native made two NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts in 2017 and won them both. Starting on the pole at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race at Sonoma, he finished runner-up to Kevin Harvick. Running all 14 races out west, Rodgers notched nine top fives and 12 top 10s, finishing fifth overall.

Zane Smith (@zanesmith41), ARCA Racing Series – Back for a second year in Next, Smith, 18, from Huntington Beach, California, has captured his first two career ARCA victories early in 2018 (Nashville and Talladega). Smith finished ninth in the ARCA standings a year ago, posting two poles, seven top fives and 11 top 10s. In his initial foray in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Smith ran twice in the East, posting top-10 and top-five finishes, and once in the West, scoring another top-five showing.

Tanner Thorson (@Tanner_Thorson), NASCAR Camping World Truck Series – A former USAC Midget Champion, the 22-year-old Thorson brings his dirt racing experience to Next as he prepares to run various Touring Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races throughout the year. The Minden, Nevada, native also ran two ARCA races in 2017, claiming a top-10 finish in just his second series appearance.

Ryan Vargas (@The_Rhino23), NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Hailing from La Mirada, California, Vargas is competing full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for REV Racing. The 17-year-old finished third overall in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for California in 2017, racking up two wins, 15 top fives and 23 top 10s. Vargas is also a 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class member.

Since its inception in 2011, 39 of the 51 drivers who have been selected for the program have progressed to compete in one of NASCAR’s three national series, while a quarter have gone on to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The last four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Sunoco Rookies of the Year are NASCAR Next alumni, as are top contenders for the award this year: William Byron and Darrell Wallace, Jr. The last five Sunoco Rookies of the Year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and four of the last five Sunoco Rookies of the Year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series are also alumni of the NASCAR Next program.

For more information, visit NASCAR.com/Next and make sure to follow the drivers on Twitter and on the track. Join the social conversation by using #NASCARnext.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

2018 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Development Team Announced



Daytona, Beach, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2017) – The youngest NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion. The youngest driver to win four Trans-Am championships. And the 2016 Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award winner.

As evidenced by the six drivers announced as part of the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Development Team, the roster for next year is stacked with emerging young talent ready to make their mark in the sport. The drivers represent a cross-section of backgrounds – both in terms of heritage and driving disciplines – and all share a common goal: To reach the highest levels of NASCAR.

“What we’re seeing with these six drivers is a group of very talented racers who have shown the ability on and off the track to excel at the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “With an increased focus on seat time and competition among the drivers, we’re looking forward to watching them perform next season.”

“We are thrilled with the level of talent that applied for the program, were invited to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and, ultimately, the six who were selected to drive for Rev Racing in 2018,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “As we’ve seen the program evolve over the years and produce wins and champions, and help elevate drivers such as Daniel Suárez, Kyle Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, these drivers have the ability and potential to carry that legacy forward.”

The 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity roster includes a pair of drivers who have been part of the NASCAR Next program, an industry initiative designed to spotlight the sport’s rising stars.

The new class features the following drivers:

· Chase Cabre, 20, Tampa, Florida. Cabre finished sixth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings and was runner-up for Sunoco Rookie of the Year. He won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award twice and recorded four top-five finishes. He will return to compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and will also race a Late Model in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

· Ernie Francis Jr., 19, Dania, Florida. Francis has already locked up his fourth Trans Am Series championship, becoming the youngest driver in series history to do so. He has 32 Trans Am Series wins – the most in series history – and 15 Pirelli World Challenge victories. Francis will be a development driver with Rev Racing, running road-course events in the K&N Pro Series East and select Late Model events, as well as testing, as he transitions to oval-track racing.

· Rubén García Jr., 21, Mexico City, Mexico. García will return to Rev Racing for his third season. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion finished fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this year and is third in the PEAK Mexico Series standings with one race remaining. The NASCAR Next graduate will join Cabre in the K&N Pro East in addition to racing in the Late Model.

· Nick Sanchez, 16, Homestead, Florida. Sanchez finished fifth in the 10-race Bojangles Summer Shootout at Charlotte Motor Speedway with Rev Racing’s Legends Car program last year, and will move up to the team’s full-time Late Model in 2018. Sanchez had a win among five podium finishes in the Summer Shootout.

· Ryan Vargas, 17, La Mirada, California. Vargas won the Wendell Scott Trailblazer Award in 2016 as the highest finishing multicultural or female driver in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I. He was runner-up for NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Josten’s Rookie of the Year for California in 2016 while racing at Irwindale and Bakersfield’s Kern County Raceway Park and the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This season, he scored a pair of wins this year to finish third in the state standings and 16th in the national standings. Vargas will drive in the third full-time K&N Pro Series East car and also race in the Late Model.

· Isabella Robusto, 13, Fort Mill, South Carolina. Robusto will anchor Rev Racing’s Youth Driver Program as she returns to the team to drive in the Legends car. Robusto will be one of four youth development drivers, with the remaining three to be announced at a later date. She was third overall at the Bandolero Winter Nationals and was the South Carolina Legends Young Lions champion in 2016 and was third overall in points in the Bojangles Summer Shootout Series in 2015.

NASCAR Drive for Diversity aligns drivers with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them achieve career successes, and thus improving their goal of reaching one of the three NASCAR national series.

The 2017 NASCAR season was another banner year for NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni, as three graduates made a major impact at the sport’s highest level.

Kyle Larson earned four wins to establish his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team as a force in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. A contender for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, Daniel Suárez this year became the first Mexican-born driver to compete full-time in the sport’s premier series, and in February raced in his first DAYTONA 500. Last month, Darrell Wallace Jr. was announced as the new driver of Richard Petty Motorsports’ iconic No. 43 Ford for the 2018 season.

For more information on NASCAR Drive for Diversity, visit NASCARDiversity.com.

About NASCAR
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and http://www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).

About Rev Racing
Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Rev Racing, owned by Max Siegel, operates the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, which is the industry’s leading developmental program for ethnic minorities and women drivers and pit crew members. For more information about Rev Racing visit http://revracing.net or follow us on Twitter.

Contact:
Pete Stuart
NASCAR Integrated Marketing Communications
(704) 348-9621
pstuart@nascar.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rain Washes Out Day 3 of NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine

Rain persisted most of the morning at New Smyrna Speedway
(Photo Courtesy Jason Christley/NASCAR)

Via NASCAR PR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. (Oct. 18, 2017) –- Heavy rains overnight and throughout the morning combined with track conditions in the afternoon to wash out Day 3 of the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. The 12 participants competing for a spot on the 2018 Rev Racing roster were slated to take laps in the team's NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars. The early end to the session, however, did not adversely affect the evaluation process.

Drivers took part in media and physical assessment at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona on Monday, and each of them got two sessions in a Late Model Stock Car Tuesday at New Smyrna Speedway.

"This has been probably our most talented group of drivers we've brought to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine," said Jusan Hamilton, NASCAR manager of racing operations & event management. "Each driver really stepped up both off the track and on the track. We had two great days of evaluation.

"Unfortunately, we didn't get on track on the third day, but based on the body of work we've seen, we feel we're at a point to make a decision on who we're going select for next year."

The first two days were comparable to the experience of previous NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combines. The additional day of testing, in the K&N Pro Series cars, was scheduled to be a new addition this season to provide another layer of data; until inclement weather changed those plans.

As part of the evolution of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, though, the enhanced focus the overall driver profile means Monday's off-track evaluations will factor more into the 2018 roster than in the past. The team is also looking at increase in seat time to ramp up the competition next season.

To that end, a smaller pool of 12 participants were invited to the tryout, out of which four will be selected for the 2018 Rev Racing team. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

It also meant that current Rev Racing drivers who were invited were also part of the on-track testing, which was new this year.

One of those drivers looking to reclaim a spot with Rev Racing is Ruben Garcia Jr. The 2015 NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series champion, Garcia has driven for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series each of the last two years. He finished fifth in the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship points.

"Seat time, especially for those of us trying to get up in the ranks, is the most important thing," said Garcia. "I think it's a great step for the program. I'm actually really, really excited and hoping I can get back into the program to be able to get that seat time. I think it's a great, great opportunity for us."

Garcia is one of two drivers from the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series who were invited to the combine. He was joined in New Smyrna by Fabian Welter, as they look to follow in the path paved by 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series champion and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez, who got his start in NASCAR Mexico. Welter has already clinched the championship for the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Challenge Series -- the second level for NASCAR in Mexico -- with a race remaining.

"The base is very similar," said Garcia when asked to compare the K&N Pro cars to the ones in Mexico. "A K&N car is kind of like a NASCAR Mexico car on steroids: It's bigger, heavier, way more horsepower. It has more variables set-up wise, so more things you need to think about while you're practicing.”

For a driver, though, Garcia said, they still have one important thing in common: “They're still stock cars with a V8 engine.”

Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandoleros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:
Driver Hometown Age
Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla. 20
Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla. 23
Macy Causey Seaford, Va. 16
Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga. 19
Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla. 19
Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico 21
McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa 20
Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla. 16
Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif. 16
Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico 21
Armani Williams Grosse Point, Mich. 17
Brittney Zamora Kennewick, Wash. 18

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Gets On Track On Day 2

Weather delayed the start of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, but the
12 drivers were able to turn laps in Rev Racing's Late Model Stock cars
(Photo Courtesy Jason Christley/NASCAR)

Via NASCAR PR

NEW SMYRNA, Fla. (Oct. 17, 2017) –- After a day of media training and physical assessment, the 12 drivers participating in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators finally got on track Tuesday. But not without a little extra waiting for the rain to clear at New Smyrna Speedway.

Once the clouds moved away and the track was dry, the drivers were quick to get on the gas to show off their skills around the banked half-mile short track. The drivers took turns with two 10-lap sessions apiece in one of three Late Models, which were identically prepared by Rev Racing. Competition officials from NASCAR and Rev Racing evaluated them on their times, as well as their feedback and consistency throughout their runs.

"It was amazing," said 16-year-old Ryan Vargas, who is coming off a season where he finished third in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series California standings. "To be here and take what I learned and apply it today is really big step for me.

"I've been saying it all weekend. I'm more excited than I am nervous. I know in the end, there's four spots available and we all have the same opportunity to get those spots. I'm just hoping I show with my dedication and my consistency on track that I am worthy."

As part of the evolution of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, which will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season, this week has a little different look than year's past. Twelve participants were invited to the three-day tryout, out of which four will be selected for the 2018 Rev Racing team. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

"The talent pool is deep and as the years progressed, we wanted to make sure we continued to upgrade and improve the support we give the drivers," said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. "We're having more in-depth evaluation on track in both Late Model and K&N Pro Series cars, physical assessment and off-track evaluation, and even restructuring the composition of the team for next year."

Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

One of the other differences at this year's Combine, the current Rev Racing drivers who were invited were also part of the on-track testing.

"Having a whole season under my belt with Rev Racing and knowing how calm they are and that they just want us to do the best we can do," said Causey, "I'm excited to get back in the Late Model car and see if I can improve my time a little bit."

"For me, I do think of it in the back of my mind, it is like I'm re-trying out all over again -- they're evaluating everybody. I don't really try to let it get to me. I try to do the best I can do and work with what I've got and see how it turns out."

The on-track assessment will continue on Wednesday, as the drivers will test in NASCAR K&N Pro Series cars under a similar format.

Wednesday's testing will also be streamed live on FansChoice.TV.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandoleros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:
Driver Hometown Age
Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla. 20
Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla. 23
Macy Causey Seaford, Va. 16
Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga. 19
Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla. 19
Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico 21
McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa 20
Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla. 16
Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif. 16
Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico 21
Armani Williams Grosse Point, Mich. 17
Brittney Zamora Kennewick, Wash. 18

Monday, October 16, 2017

NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine: Day 1 In The Books

NASCAR Drive for Diversity participants took a specialized version of the Wunderlich, designed
from a driver attribute standpoint, Monday at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona
(Photo Courtesy Jason Christley/NASCAR)

Via NASCAR PR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 16, 2017) –- Twelve drivers arrived in Florida, champing at the bit to get behind the wheel and show their talents at the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators. But before they could put the cars in gear, they were put through a battery of tests designed to evaluate their off-track preparation and skills that will be equally invaluable to their dreams of moving up the NASCAR ladder.

The drivers were put through a series of stations at Bethune-Cookman University to evaluate their skills in different media settings as well as a physical training assessment.

"Driving a race car is a physical moment: You need upper-body strength, you need hand-eye coordination, but mainly you need muscle endurance," said Phil Horton, who oversees the physical training program with Rev Racing. "You drive a car for three and a half hours and there doesn't look like there are a lot of strenuous movements there. But you're holding a steering wheel all day. In order to have muscle endurance, you first need to have muscle strength."

Fans are seeing more drivers active on different areas outside of racing, whether it's Jimmie Johnson running triathlons or Dale Earnhardt Jr. posting recaps of his long weekend bike rides via the Relive app. That's trickled down to the younger drivers like Chase Elliott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who've incorporated cycling or Crossfit into their daily routines.

"The mental toughness of being in shape is important -- one of the things we're looking for is their work ethic," said Horton. "You need to get in the gym early in the morning. You need to do those situps, you need to do those pushups, you need to lift those weights. Not necessarily like athletes in other sports. But just do them on a consistent basis. Without that fitness part of it, you're doing something every day that's preparing you to be a driver."

Both the combine and the team will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season. Since 2010, Rev Racing has managed the NASCAR Drive for Diversity team. It's compiled 17 wins among six different drivers and produced national series race winners Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Darrell Wallace Jr. Earlier this year, Rev Racing's Macy Causey became the first female driver in the 61-year history of South Boston Speedway to win a Late Model Stock Car feature.

Ernie Francis Jr. is second-generation driver who is getting his first taste of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. A multi-time champion in Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli, the 19-year-old from south Florida is looking to make a good impression.

"It's something new for me; I come from a road-racing background," said Ernie Francis Jr. "I'm used to a lot of the media stuff with everything I've done in my career. But some of the NASCAR stuff they do, I'm not too used to right now.

"The physical assessment, I'm a pretty active driver and try to stay physically fit with some of the endurance races I do. I think I'll do all right here and we'll see how it goes tomorrow when I get on track."

In addition to their time with Horton, the drivers also participated in mock press conference panels as well as conducted one-on-one interviews with Bethune-Cookman's radio station, WRWS-LPFM 99.1. They also took a version of the Wunderlich, specifically designed from a driver attribute standpoint. The test will help with the overall evaluation of the drivers for selection. It will also be utilized to help Rev Racing determine the crew chief pairings for the 2018 season and overall team dynamic.

The NASCAR Drive for Diversity competitors are scheduled to test at New Smyrna Speedway on Tuesday in a Late Model Stock Car and Wednesday in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car.

In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners AiM Tech, Bethune-Cookman, Five Star Race Car Bodies, M2 Promotions, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, and Sunoco.

From the 12 combine participants, four will be selected for the 2018 season. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandelaros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:
Driver Hometown Age
Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla. 20
Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla. 23
Macy Causey Seaford, Va. 16
Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga. 19
Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla. 19
Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico 21
McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa 20
Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla. 16
Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif. 16
Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico 21
Armani Williams Grosse Point, Mich. 17
Brittney Zamora Kennewick, Wash. 18

Friday, October 6, 2017

NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Set For New Smyrna & Bethune-Cookman


Via NASCAR PR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2017) –- A dozen drivers from across the United States and Mexico will converge on northeast Florida to vie for an opportunity to follow in the tracks of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson.

The 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Honda Generators will be held at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona and New Smyrna Speedway on Oct. 16-18, and will serve as a key element in the selection process for setting the driver lineup for Rev Racing in 2018. Both the combine and the team will feature an enhanced focus on seat time to increase competition at the combine and on the track next season.

The drivers invited at the combine includes several record-setting rising stars and a trio of NASCAR Next drivers. They’ll be competing for four seats with Rev Racing.

“We’ve taken an in-depth look at how the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine and we’ve worked hard to continue to take the program to the next level,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. “We’ve had a number of successes – from the graduation of Suarez, Larson and Darrell Wallace Jr. to the national series, to winning races and championships on the touring and weekly series level. As we continue to evolve the program, the format of the combine and the 2018 schedule will provide a greater emphasis on driver development on and off the race track.”

Among the drivers invited are Brittany Zamora, from Kennewick, Washington, and Ryan Vargas from LaMirada, California. Zamora, 18, became the first female to win the championship in the Northwest Super Late Model Series this season, while Vargas, 16, is the youngest race winner at California’s Irwindale Speedway and finished 16th in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national standings.

They’ll be joined by current NASCAR Next driver Chase Cabre, as well as NASCAR Next alumni Collin Cabre and Ruben Garcia Jr. Garcia set the mark as the youngest champion in NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series history in 2015.

Other invitees include Macy Causey, Madeline Crane, Ernie Frances Jr., McKenna Haase, Nicholas Sanchez, Fabian Welter and Armani Williams.

Earlier this year, Causey became the first female to win a Division I Late Model feature at South Boston Speedway in Virginia; Welter has four wins and leads the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Challenge Series points; and Francis is a three-time Trans-Am Series presented by Pirelli champion and leads the series’ TA standings with three events remaining. Sanchez finished fifth in the Bojangles Summer Shootout in Charlotte, driving for Rev Racing’s Legends car program.

“The roster of talent coming to the 2017 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine is one of the deepest we’ve ever had,” said Max Siegel, CEO of Rev Racing. “We’ve seen the program really grow over the last 10 years and make a substantial impact in NASCAR. We are excited to continue to work within the sport to make significant inroads and provide an opportunity for truly talented race car drivers to advance.”

The drivers will take part in media and physical assessments on Monday at Bethune-Cookman. They will undergo driving evaluations at New Smyrna on Tuesday in a Late Model Stock Car and Wednesday in a NASCAR K&N Pro Series car. In addition to being sponsored by Honda Generators, the Combine received sponsorship support from partners Bethune-Cookman, Perry’s Ocean Edge Resort in Daytona Beach, M2 Promotions and Sunoco.

From the 12 combine participants, four will be selected for the 2018 season. Three of those drivers will race full-time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, while also running full-time in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in a Late Model – totaling more than 30 races next season. In addition, the fourth driver will compete full-time in the Late Model program and serve as an alternate for the K&N Pro Series program.

In an expanded role for next year, Rev Racing will also select an additional four youth drivers at a future combine. Those drivers will participate in the organization’s expanded Legends and Bandelaros program next season. This past season, Rev Racing had two Legends cars in the Bojangles Summer Shootout. The team will also provide several driver development test sessions in its Late Model at Langley Speedway in Virginia and New Smyrna during the 2018 race season for prospective multicultural and female drivers.

2017 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine Drivers:

DRIVER HOMETOWN
Chase Cabre Tampa, Fla.
Collin Cabre Tampa, Fla.
Macy Causey Seaford, Va.
Madeline Crane Meansville, Ga.
Ernie Francis Jr. Dania, Fla.
Ruben Garcia Mexico City, Mexico
McKenna Haase Carlisle, Iowa
Nicholas Sanchez Homestead, Fla.
Ryan Vargas La Mirada, Calif.
Fabian Welter Mexico City, Mexico
Armani Williams Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Brittany Zamora Kennewick, Wash.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Herzog Among Big Winners On Armed Forces Tribute Night



Via Madera Speedway PR/Blakesley Sports media

MADERA, CALIFORNIA (May 30, 2016) – 13 year-old Austin Herzog solidified his position as one of the top young stock car drivers in the nation, with a thrilling win during Armed Forces Tribute Night Saturday night at Loanmart Madera Speedway. Herzog charged from the rear of the field of MAVTV 51FIFTY Jr. Late Models for drivers ages 10-16, making the decisive pass for the lead on lap 47 of the 50 lap feature. The win is Herzog's second in the series in three races so far.

Matt Erickson remained perfect on the season winning his third MAVTV-televised Open Late Model main and fifth overall for the year as well in the 100 lap contest.

Herzog set fast-time and sat on the pole over the 15 car turn out but had to restart at the rear after having a missing gas cap. While Herzog went to work from the back, it was Las Vegas' 12 year-old driver Dezel West leading the opening laps. West and 15 year-old Ryan Vargas of La Mirada, CA anchored the field with a gap back to third place Canadian Ben Silliker in a train of six cars for third.

Seth Holman and Jesse Burks had hard contact mid-pack that forced Holman to escape to the pits followed by Las Vegas' Kyle Keller spinning on the front stretch for a caution on lap 12. Kolby Berry and another Las Vegas driver Chris Trickle, nephew of Dick Trickle, came together to send both of those 15 year-olds to the back as well.

Herzog made some of the first outside passes in the history of the MAVTV-televised series on Saturday night. He made his way past round two winner Austin Edwards for fifth as the race reached the lap 25 break.

After a ten minute break on the front stretch, the action picked back up with Herzog clearing Jarrett Gilmer for fourth. Trickle continued his run through the field as well to get past Edwards. Silliker maintained third until he was passed by Herzog on lap 31 in turn three, and coming out of turn four Silliker banged doors with Gilmer. Gilmer was bumped back to sixth and Silliker to eighth in a tough break for the former Micro Sprint racers.

Vargas ran comfortably in second until both Herzog and Trickle got around him near the 35th lap of the race. Edwards took advantage to close in hard on Vargas for fourth. Edwards managed to get past Vargas to take the position a few laps later.

The action intensified up front as Herzog closed on West for the lead. The fans roared in approval as Herzog made a big cross-over maneuver to take the lead. The turn four pass on lap 46 was enough as Herzog went on for a .624 second win for his second of the season. Trickle, Edwards, Vargas, Gilmer, Silliker, Kolby Berry, and Idaho's Zachary Telford rounded out the lead lap finishers.

Matt Erickson led the final 73 laps of the two part Loanmart Open Late Model 100 to continue a perfect 5-0 season at Madera including three televised wins. Erickson wrestled the lead away from 15 year-old Logan Zampa on lap 27 and then fended off a strong challenge from 2015 runner-up Bryan Herzog at the conclusion of the tough race.

Glen Cook led from the green flag with Joey Licata on the outside front row. A caution for contact on lap two saw Erickson already up to second after starting fifth. Erickson slid around from the outside line on the restart to surrender positions to Licata and Zampa before the next caution as Thomas Suarez had rear end problems. Incoming third in points David Ross slowed with a right front problem in turn four on the successive restart in an incident that ultimately derailed his night, putting him many laps down. Erickson capitalized to take the lead from Cook on lap eight.

Zampa battled side-by-side with Cook for nine laps before finally clearing him and squaring up at Erickson. The top eight cars maintained a strong lead over the rest of the pack despite a lot of side-by-side racing. A lap 22 caution involving Loren Kutz and Ryan Hart set up the hard charge from Zampa where he took the lead from Erickson on lap 23. Ryan Philpott had a small spin in turn four that caused a few others to spin as well in a precursor to incidents yet to come.

Over a series of restarts Erickson took the lead back from Zampa on lap 27 which he would ultimately never relinquish. Zampa, Licata, and Cook staged a constant battle for second until the race was halted at lap 37 for Philpott losing an engine in turn one. The ensuing pileup ended the night for Dillon Tucker, Tyler Herzog, Rick Thompson, and Howard Holden.

After a break for Twisted Tea Modified racing, the second segment was much cleaner with 63 laps left to run. Bryan Herzog started making his presence felt at the halfway point challenging for second place with the outside line coming in. Herzog took over second from Zampa but Licata took it from him on lap 55.

Jason Aguirre staged a nice battle with Cook for fifth while the racing continued to heat up at the front. Herzog and Licata got physical for second place with Herzog taking over the position as Licata bounced off of the backstretch gate.

After a lap 81 caution the chase was on between Erickson and Herzog. Herzog closed in on lap 94, jumping inside Erickson in turn three with the pair making contact in a fan-pleasing duel. Erickson was able to drive away by a few car lengths and hang on for the win. Licata ran third to unofficially take second in the points while Zampa and a late-charging Ryan Hart rounded out the top-five over Cook, Trevor Schlundt, Dominic Lopez in a career-best eighth, and rookies Kyle Fortney and Shelden Cooper.

Rookie Jackson Dukes won an exciting 20 lapper for the California Mini Cups. Dukes broke out to the early lead in the field made up of five rookies and two second-year drivers. "LIL" Bruce Bivens went upside down for a surprising red flag crash in turn four on the eighth lap of the feature. Bivens walked away after some assistance from the safety crew at Madera Speedway.

The final 12 laps were a duel between the rookie Dukes and the veterans Adam Lemke and Joshua Terry as the only three remaining cars running.

Lemke tried to close in during the final two laps but it wasn't enough as Dukes took the popular win ahead of Lemke and Terry.

Napa's PJ Pedroncelli made the most of his second start for the Twisted Tea Modifieds in claiming the 40 lap main event. All seven competitors on hand intend to race in the upcoming "Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals" at Madera in either the Lucas Oil or North State Modified divisions. The nationals will be June 11th with MAVTV televising both the Lucas Oil and Western Winged Sprints.

The third round of the series was led early by Robbie "The Kid" Knittel over Camino's Scot Alves. Pedroncelli emerged in second on lap 13. The duel between Knittel and Pedroncelli ended up on lap 29 when Knittel's car darted to the left in turn three hard into the wall. His night was done and Pedroncelli led the final 11 laps without contest over Alves, Sacramento's Eric Price, Brian Collins, and Elliot Sterjne. Knittel should remain the series points leader despite the crash.

The Loanmart Madera Speedway is dark before returning on June 11th for the Lucas Oil Summertime Horsepower Nationals with a wide-range of open wheel thunder on the fastest 1/3rd mile in the west. More details are available at www.RaceMadera.com

MAVTV coverage of the 2016 season at Madera Speedway begins this Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific and continues every Thursday during the month of June with new episodes. The March 12th season opener for the Open Late Models kicks off the "Madera Racing" show.